NYSC Orientation Camp Experience (Photo diary+Daily Excerpts)
The initial plan was to upload a diary entry of my daily Nysc Camp experience. Sadly i only wrote 5 days out of the 21 days and network was shit so that didn’t happen.
Incase you don’t know, NYSC ( National youth service corps) is a compulsory one year scheme for Nigerian graduates. It aims to foster development and cultural unity (that’s what the site says but let’s not go there).
The service year starts with the 21 days orientation camp, then a work posting for the rest of the year.
I still recall clearly my dad’s reaction when I told him I picked Bauchi as one of my 4 options during registration. He didn’t find it funny and I couldn’t tell him the reason I picked it was cos of yankari game reserve lol.
Luckily I got posted to Ogun and the camp is located at Sagamu which is just 3hrs+ away from home.
Going to camp i had no feelings towards it, just wanted to get it over with. Happy to say it was not as bad or as stressful as people always say it is.
Nysc Camp experience is totally dependent on where you are posted to and the people you spend your time with.
I recall dreading the registration process because of all the tales I heard. Proud to say I didn’t have to carry my box on my head or stand in a long queue (chairs were made available).
Morning: Soldiers send you out of the hostel by 4/30am jogging to the parade ground, then devotion and announcements. Followed by man o war activities and morning parade.
Afternoon/Evening: The most boring lectures you’ve ever heard in your life, evening parade then sports/social activities.
Fortunately for me i got to sit out of the parade cos of my terrible marching skills. Rather sit under the sun than march under the sun.
Everything in camp is regimented so they have set time for breakfast lunch and dinner, food is provided by the Camp kitchen.
I went to the camp kitchen a few times for just bread and rice. Nothing else looked appetizing to me and honestly i wasn’t going to risk it.
Spent most of my time at the mammy market eating indomie, spaghetti, rice and amala.
The major thing you hear before going to camp is not to expect much in terms of toilets and bathrooms, stories of pit toilets and co. Fortunately Ogun state camp had tiled bathroom and toilets and if you ask anyone who has ever gone to camp that is luxury.
The first thing you learn when you get to camp is that a lot of people are not mentally stable. No surprise people still used the toilets like animals despite the fact it got cleaned every morning. Timed my system with the cleaning time. “Can’t come and kill myself”.
Thankfully I got to spend the 21 days with people with cool (mentally stable) vibes. Shoutout to Tolu, Tutu, Peter, Kelechi, Ola, Bimpe and Charles.
Here are some of my favourite pictures and excerpts from my diary (aka phone memo);
“8 passport is very ok but could do 16 like me if you are looking hella fine in it.
Toilets and bathrooms are tiled so that’s a good thing.
5 star camp may not be a joke after all” Day 1
” I’m so gonna hate whistles by the time I’m done with this camp i see it….
Jogging by to 5, is this my ghost from fit fam life haunting me?? ” Day 2
“I’m not part of the parade aka i can’t march so i get to do other things during that period like bask under the hot fucking sun” Day 8
“Went to watch the volley ball game my platoon was playing and let’s just say winning is not the most important thing Lol….. of course we lost” Day 8
“Currently thankfully for little blessings like not knowing how to march. So i get to sit the parade out while others get yelled out by soldiers. Thanks two left feet!!!!! ” – Day 9
” It’s not fun but then again it’s not bad neither is it hectic but then again I speak for my camp alone. It’s chilled and ok. Still I’m tired, not from doing anything really, I’m tired just cos I’m tired. I probably shouldn’t be the best person to assess fun for you cos give me a bed and tv and I’m ecstatic. ” Day 11
” Can someone choke on a whistle? Definitely has to be a 1000 ways to die type of shit, maybe then they would all chill.” Day 11
Currently grateful for little things like getting rejected at the prison I was posted to (story for another day)
What do you think of the NYSC scheme? Necessary or Not? Have you served before?What was your camp experience Like?
Lots of Love,